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- After health law woes, Obama returns focus on middle class, poor
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to recover from the bungled rollout of his healthcare reforms, President Barack Obama went back to basics on Wednesday with a renewed focus on government policies that benefit the struggling poor and middle classes. With his job approval ratings sinking, Obama sought to promote some of the ideals he has championed throughout his presidency. "We have to relentlessly push a growth agenda," Obama told a supportive crowd at a community center in one of the capital's poorest neighborhoods. "A relentlessly growing deficit of opportunity is a bigger threat to our future than our rapidly shrinking fiscal deficit." He challenged Republicans in Congress to do more than say 'no' to initiatives including raising the minimum wage or expanding health coverage: offer alternatives and set aside a preoccupation with cutting government spending.
- U.S. Republicans broaden attacks on Obamacare
By Caren Bohan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama's healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical care and drive up costs. They used hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to highlight what they say are flaws in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that go beyond the potentially transitory issues of the website, HealthCare.gov, and cancellations of several million insurance policies that did not meet the law's standards. Repeating predictions they have been making since the law was being debated in Congress in 2009, Republicans said it would end up restricting consumers' choices of doctors and would ultimately saddle families and businesses with higher premiums. "The Affordable Care Act's fundamental problems can't be fixed with better marketing.
- Biden calls for trust with China amid airspace dispute By Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, visiting China as a dispute over a new Chinese air defense zone rattles nerves around the region, said on Wednesday that relations between Washington and Beijing had to be based on trust. Beijing's decision to declare an air defense identification zone in an area that includes disputed islands has triggered protests from the United States, Japan and South Korea, and dominated Biden's talks in Tokyo on Tuesday. The United States has made clear it will stand by treaty obligations that require it to defend the Japanese-controlled islands, but it is also reluctant to get dragged into any military clash between rivals Japan and China.
- Iran's ability to enrich uranium troubles U.S. lawmakers
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers in the House of Representatives said on Wednesday they are concerned about Iran's ability to continue enriching uranium under the interim agreement on Tehran's disputed nuclear program, an issue they are likely to press as global powers attempt to reach a final agreement. The concerns showed that House lawmakers could be willing to push for a new sanctions package next year that would define what Congress would be willing to accept in a final deal with Iran. The six-month interim deal made by the United States, five other world powers and Iran in Geneva last month gives International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors greater access to Iran's nuclear facilities and requires the Islamic Republic to halt its enrichment of higher grade uranium. But it allows Iran to continue enriching uranium up to 5 percent purity for generating nuclear power.
- Senior Obama adviser criticizes human rights abuses in China, Russia
President Barack Obama's national security adviser, in a sweeping review of global human rights practices, singled out China and Russia for criticism on Wednesday over how they treat their citizens. The adviser, Susan Rice, specifically cited the detention in China of Xu Zhiyong, a legal scholar and rights defender, and Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient who was jailed in 2009 for 11 years on subversion charges for organizing a petition urging the overthrow of one-party rule. This is short-sighted," Rice said in remarks to the "Human Rights First Annual Summit." "When courts imprison political dissidents who merely urge respect for China's own laws, no one in China, including Americans doing business there, can feel secure," she said.
- Harry Reid exempts some of his Senate staff from Obamacare exchanges Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
- 'Top Gun' inspiration promoted at Pentagon
- House takes aim at TSA’s loose change
Show your boarding pass. Hand over your ID. Take off your shoes. And your belt. And empty your pockets. Liquids in the baggie, laptops in the bin. Stand still for the scanner. Now leave $531,395.22 in cash at the TSA checkpoint.
- Obama targets young voters with Dec. 11 college summit
President Barack Obama is summoning college presidents and business leaders to a daylong Dec. 11 summit at the White House to discuss specific ways to make higher education more accessible to low-income students, Yahoo News has learned.
- Federal gun charges decline despite Obama executive action
More than a year after the Sandy Hook school shooting, President Obama’s directive to amp up prosecutions of federal gun laws hasn’t made much difference in how many people are charged with gun crimes.
- Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year.
- China gives no ground to Biden in air zone dispute
BEIJING (AP) — Giving no ground, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traded strong arguments Wednesday over China's contentious new air defense zone, with little indication of progress toward defusing a situation that is raising anxieties across Asia and beyond.
- Biden: China air zone creates apprehension in Asia
- Obama to tell feds to boost renewable electricity WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple to 20 percent its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
- Top general to teens: Watch what you post online! WASHINGTON (AP) — If they don't believe their parents, maybe America's teens will listen to the Pentagon's top general.
- How America's Judges Are Being Bought Out In recent years, some judicial elections have begun to look just like political campaigns, complete with attack ads, political action committees, and millions of dollars in fundraising for candidates. The financial involvement of special-interest groups in state Supreme Court races across the country has blurred the boundaries between money and politics and justice, alarming citizens and ethicists alike. But it's not the only recipe for conflict in the courtroom, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, investigative news organization. The personal finances of the 335 judges presiding in the states' highest courts, often shrouded in poor disclosure requirements, may influence rulings, CPI found, whether the justices know it or not.
- Millennials Abandon Obama and Obamacare Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes of the president and his signature health care law. The most startling finding of Harvard University's Institute of Politics: A majority of Americans under age 25--the youngest millennials--would favor throwing Obama out of office. The survey, part of a unique 13-year study of the attitudes of young adults, finds that America's rising generation is worried about its future, disillusioned with the U.S. political system, strongly opposed to the government's domestic surveillance apparatus, and drifting away from both major parties. "Young Americans hold the president, Congress and the federal government in less esteem almost by the day, and the level of engagement they are having in politics are also on the decline," reads the IOP's analysis of its poll.
- The Poor, Tortured, Bombed, Painted Truman Statue in Athens ATHENS, Greece—Along a bustling street in the Greek capital, a few blocks away from where the first modern Olympic Games were held, stands a 12-foot bronze statue of President Truman. For visitors to Athens, the statue is a prominent sight on the drive into the central part of the ancient city that takes you past the Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus, among other wonders. It was donated by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, one of the largest Greek-American groups, to honor the Truman Doctrine, which gave $2 billion in economic and military aid to the Greek government to fight off communist guerrillas during the country's civil war between 1946 and 1949.
- Can Democrats Still Win With a Women-Centered Strategy? The Democratic Party is hoping 2014 will be a Year of the Woman—again. As party operatives prepare for the 2014 midterm elections, Democratic women are being cast in starring roles, on the ballot and at the ballot box, as the party tries to take back politically important governor's mansions and keep its fragile majority in the Senate. "The importance of women to the Democratic Party in 2014 cannot be overstated," said Jess McIntosh, a spokeswoman for EMILY's List, which recruits and supports Democratic women candidates. President Obama rode to reelection in 2012 with strong support from female voters, and Democrats gained seats in the Senate and House thanks in part to prominent Republican stumbles over rape and abortion.
- GOP: Racism Is Over. Most Americans: Nope On Sunday morning, the Republican National Committee's @GOP account tweeted this in commemoration of the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks's arrest after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man: "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in ending racism." Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. A survey from Pew Research this May shows that a majority of white and black Americans believe there is a least some discrimination against African-Americans. Eighty-eight percent of black Americans saw discrimination against African-Americans, with 46 percent saying that there is "a lot" of it.
- Obama Tells Youth Obamacare Cheaper Than Cell Phone Bill
President Obama is enlisting young people to help sell the Affordable Care Act to the demographic critical to the success of his signature law. “This law is already making a difference for millions of young people, and it’s about to help millions more,” he said...
- Why John Kerry Wants You to Drink Moldovan Wine
John Kerry was in Moldova today, among other reasons to promote its wine. As the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Moldova since James Baker went there in 1992, Kerry toured a winery and sampled its wares, unveiling a new label that will adorn...
- Millennials Sour on Both Obama and Obamacare
Call them what you will — millennials, Generation Y, the “me” generation — but don’t take them for granted as Obama supporters any more. A new poll out today from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics shows that the majority of young people, a core support...
- Democratic strategist Al From: On Obamacare, good intentions aren’t enough Former Clinton adviser says the problem-ridden program could damage the Democratic Party.
- Obama's Immigration Speech Was Interrupted by a Heckler on Stage with Him
During his speech from San Francisco on Monday, President Obama was heckled by someone from an unexpected group: one of the people selected to stand onstage behind him. Near the end of Obama's speech, a man standing about five rows behind him interrupted the president to call for the president to sign an executive order ending the deportation of undocumented immigrants. For a brief period, the man and and others in the audience chanted, "Stop deportation! Yes, we can!" When Secret Service moved in to remove the protestor, Obama told them not to. Instead, the president — clearly miffed — explained why he couldn't unilaterally halt the deportation process.
- No Senators need apply: Tea Party hero Scott Walker on 2016 The Wisconsin Republican on his 2011 showdown and the way forward for the GOP
- Cheney Sisters Take Their Gay Marriage Fight to Facebook
The Cheneys don't see eye-to-eye on the issue of gay marriage. After Liz Cheney reiterated her opposition on the Sunday morning talk shows, her sister and her sister's partner took the Republican hopeful to the woodshed in separate Facebook posts. Liz Cheney, running for the Republican Senate primary in Wyoming, reminded the world how she opposes gay marriage during her Fox News Sunday appearance, despite the wishes of her sister, Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian with two children. "I love Mary very much, I love her family very much," Cheney said on Sunday morning.
- 60 Minutes' Benghazi 'Witness' Has Gone Into Hiding
Dylan Davies, the disgraced contractor at the center of 60 Minutes' retreat on its story about the terror attack in Benghazi last year, has gone into hiding. 60 Minutes's October 27 report, since withdrawn, centered on Davies' tale of his actions that night: his sneaking into an Al Qaeda-controlled hospital, his striking a terrorist in the head with the butt of his rifle.
- Perry calls for compromise within GOP: ‘If you can’t win elections, you can’t govern’ Perry talks divisions in Republican Party, why he’s leaving the door open for 2016, and Obamacare
- Chasing chaos: The real-life story of a humanitarian aid worker New memoir details the realities and debunks the misconceptions about humanitarian aid
- Exclusive: Obama’s Secret Iran Détente
- Why did Deep Throat leak? Revisiting the Watergate leaks and the garage where it all began Watergate expert Max Holland says Deep Throat was leaking as part of a plot to become FBI Director
- Cuccinelli's Social Conservatism Didn't Align with Individual Rights Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | As a fiscal conservative and a long-time Republican voter who believes in individual rights and liberty, I was relieved to learn that Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race. Increasingly, the Republican Party is influenced by the tea party, which is controlled by religious fundamentalists. Cuccinelli is a sterling example of this religious domination, especially controlling a woman's body and depriving gays and lesbians of equal rights.
- Virginia Governor's Race a True 'Unpopularity' Contest Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | As predicted, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia's governor seat, was the winner in Tuesday night's election over the Republican Ken Cuccinelli. As a 31-year-old Northern Virginia resident, I'm proud that I've voted in every election since I turned 18. The most telling part of this election comes from a Quinnipiac survey done last week that showed this was an "unpopularity" contest;
- Moving On After Virginia, and Where Republicans Go from Here Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | After what seemed like an interminable and negative campaign by both candidates for governor in Virginia, Terry McAullife, the Democrat, defeated Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican. I'm a registered Republican, but for the first time, I supported the Democratic candidate. They are losing us on both social and personal health issues, and Republicans keep endorsing candidates who are far to right wing to appeal to any kind of majority.
- McAuliffe’s Narrow Victory Over Cuccinelli More Worrisome for Democrats COMMENTARY |Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli to become governor of Virginia. Political pundits have been saying that this race was a contest not just between two candidates but between the tea party and Obamacare, and between approval and disapproval of President Obama's policies. In fact, given that most Americans blame the Republican Party for the shut down, and the fact that McAuliffe overwhelmingly outspent Cuccinelli, $32 million to $20 million, in a bitter campaign filled with attack ads, what is surprising is that McAuliffe did not beat Cuccinelli by a larger number and percentage. Cuccinelli tried to make the election about Obamacare and the need for freedom of choice in health care in the last days of the campaign, while McAuliffe's campaign focused on ads that attacked Cuccinelli personally for his stances on social issues like abortion and marriage equality.
- Christie's Win No Surprise, but What Does it Portend for His White House Run? Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's landslide re-election is no surprise in a state that, despite an overwhelming Democratic majority, has a record of electing and re-electing Republican governors. Add Christie's hands-on leadership during and after Hurricane Sandy, bipartisan approach to pension reform, direct communication style, and unprecedented willingness to stand up to the state's powerful teachers union and the governor cast a shadow that Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono couldn't possibly escape. Christie's reputation as a moderate Republican will serve him well as he faces a national electorate that seems equally tired of President Barack Obama and the tea party.
- In Virginia, a Failure to Spend and Focus Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | Virginia's was a difficult election to watch. I think the Republican Party needs to take three key things from this race going forward: 1) You have to spend to win a critical state like Virginia.
- Out of this world: Why Gingrich wants to go to space and says GOP turmoil is healthy The former Speaker of the House discusses his new book and the future of the Republican Party
- Election Day 2013 tells us little about 2014 and even less about 2016 Tuesday night’s results provided fodder for everyone’s political talking points.
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